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‘da Baker

'da Baker - Rapids of Rio Baker near confluence with Rio Nef, Patagonia, Aisen, Chile

The greatest river of Patagonia. Electric turquoise so clear that you can see pebbles at the bottom. Full of salmon and trout that big that fishing here is a dream of every fly fisherman in the world. Waves which can swallow rafts in a second. Lambs grazing at the banks. Fed by melting snow and ice of the Ice Fields makes its way trough canyons and valleys before it reaches Pacific Ocean at the fiords between the Patagonian Andes. The river in danger of disappearing. I see turquoise, galloping horses, snow caped mountains, fish jumping up the rapids, cabins, infinite waterfalls, wooden boats, and gauchos sipping mate. For some in offices of New York and Madrid it is an obscure geographical name from encyclopedia and billion dollars resource extraction investment opportunity. Which side are you on? Will you take your grandson on a float on this mighty river in this land at the end of the world? Or all what will be left are stories of times long gone and old photo books from grandpa’s closet?

Photo: Rapids of Rio Baker near confluence with Rio Nef, Patagonia, Aisen, Chile

The curse, the blessing

The curse, the blessing - Packrafting on lake Gillermo in front of glacier Pared Norte, Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Patagonia Chile

It is a curse, it is a blessing, it is an addiction, it is a berry. Once you try it you will be coming back to Patagonia forever. So consider yourself warned before you pick up a calafate fruit from its thorny bush and put it in your mouth. Nobody warned me. So I find myself again wet, tired, hungry, and mesmerized in front of big walls of ice between wild peaks of Patagonian Andes. Is it curable? I do not know but I am way beyond point of addiction when it can be cured.

Photo: Packrafting on lake Gillermo in front of glacier Pared Norte, Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Patagonia, Chile